In the unusual ‘nutria’ brown of the SADF gear of that era, the vest has a less military look than many assault vests that are available, but it certainly doesn’t lack military heritage, as well as it’s use by the SADF the rig has been a regular choice of special forces around the world over the years.
They’ve also been seen in use by IAPF Rangers – the International Anti Poaching Foundation is an amazing project started by ex-Australian Special Forces Commando Damien Mander using military techniques, equipment and training to combat poaching in Africa with considerable success, helping protect many endangered species from the destructive forces of illegal wildlife trade.
The padded harness is extremely wide and comfortable with a huge array of secure attachment options and adjustments to fit, meaning you can carry a lot of gear and it’s all held close to your centre of gravity giving excellent agility. The pack has been known to be used for photo-journalism too with it’s large pouches suitable for camera lenses.
The diagram below shows the Battle Vest packed out with gear including one of our heavyweight canvas bedrolls with a wool blanket rolled inside for an overnight camp. When not used to attach the bedroll the central space on the rear contains two large pouches suitable for a camelbak or for carrying larger items (originally designed for radio gear and the large SADF 2 litre water bottle. See the post Battlevest, Bedroll, Beach Camp for further information. Bedroll and other items not included…